BSc (Honours in Chemistry), St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
PhD in Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
My research interests primarily lie in the fields of catalysis and green chemistry. My current research focuses on improving the environmental sustainability and efficiency of industrial chemical processes through asymmetric catalyst immobilization and continuous-flow.
Selected Publications and Patents:
I have taught a variety of chemistry courses to date including general chemistry, introductory and advanced inorganic chemistry, introductory and advanced organic chemistry and organic spectroscopy.
The courses that I currently teach are:
June 2017: A big welcome to international intern Banruo (Francis) Li! Francis will be working with Marina on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months
May 2017: A big welcome to international intern Marina Schmidt-Thome! Marina will be working on catalytic MOF synthesis over the summer months.
A general introduction to chemistry. Topics include atomic structure; bonding and bonding theories; periodic trends; states of matter and intermolecular forces; and chemical kinetics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 30 and Mathematics 30-1.Fall Term 2020
Continuation of AUCHE 110. Topics include thermodynamics, free energy, equilibria, acid-base chemistry, buffers, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: AUCHE 110.Winter Term 2021
Study of the principles and concepts of physical chemistry. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, chemical equilibrium, phase equilibria, surface chemistry, chemical kinetics and catalysis and spectroscopy and photochemistry. Prerequisites: AUCHE 112 and AUMAT 110 or 116.Winter Term 2021
This course serves as an introduction to the chemical processes responsible for natural environmental phenomena and anthropogenic environmental sampling, climate change, pollution, waste management, fossil fuels and alternative energy technologies, toxic organic compounds and the principles of green chemistry. Prerequisites: AUCHE 112, third year standing, AUCHE 220 recommended.Winter Term 2021
This course is a guided-inquiry laboratory course that is focused on the development of modern organic and inorganic synthetic skills and techniques. Students will gain hands-on experience in researching, developing and implanting synthetic methodologies and analyzing experimental results. In addition, student will strengthen their communication skills through oral and written assignments. Prerequisites: AUCHE 232 and AUCHE 252. AUCHE 210 recommended.Fall Term 2020